After allegedly skipping out on their tab and flashing a gun, a group of five people are about to learn that there's no such thing as a free meal
Rapid City police tracked down and arrested three men and two teenagers soon after they walked out of Denny's at 2206 N. Lacrosse St. without paying for their meals. One of the men brandished a gun as the group left the restaurant around 3:30 a.m. Tuesday, according to police spokeswoman Tarah Heupel.
Officers found the group's empty vehicle a few blocks away in the Walmart parking lot, Heupel said. They waited for the group to leave the store before making a traffic stop.
A search of the vehicle produced a carbon dioxide powered pellet gun and alcohol, Heupel said.
Witnesses later identified Michael Tobacco, 21, of Pine Ridge as the man with the pistol. Tobacco is charged with simple assault.
Paul Hollow Horn, 21, and Jason Bion, 20, both of Rapid City were arrested for petty theft. Bion was also charged with underage drinking.
Two girls, ages 16 and 14, who were with the men were arrested for minor consuming and petty theft. The older girl is also charged as a runaway and with a probation violation.